The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 322
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
sixth regidor had only to vote in the cabildo.' The apportionment
of duties indicated by a list sent by the governor to Intendente
Don Bruno Diaz December 11, 1799, was as follows: The first
regidor was the regidor decano; the second, real alferez;3 the third
alcalde provincial; the fourth, depositario general;4 the fifth, con-
tador de menores, and the sixth collector of funds for the ramo
The lists do not agree exactly, but the governor's list was prob-
ably a suggestion as to the way in which the duties might be di-
vided, while that of the cabildo was a description of the actual
apportionment at that time. It should be observed that the
alferez real was included in the governor's list, but not in that of
the cabildo. The governor's suggestion may have been followed;
for Governor Herrera in writing to Nemecio Salcedo, November
11, 1811, suggested that six regidores be appointed at San Fer-
nando among whom should be divided the offices of alferez real,
alcalde provincial, alguacil mayor, and flel executor., The office
of alferez was, a least, kept in mind, but whether one was ever ap-
pointed or not can not be determined. With the apportionment
shown by all these lists should be compared the statement of the
duties devolving upon the regidores at New Orleans. According
to the Ordinances and Instructions of O'Reilly7 six regidores were
to be appointed, among whom were to be distributed the offices of
alf rez real, alcalde mayor provincial, alguacil mayor, and receiver
'Report from the cabildo to Governor Juan Bautista de Elguezabal,
December 10, 1799, B6xar Archives. For a description of the various
offices here mentioned for the first time see the series of pragraphs fol-
~Cf. Recopiiacion, lib. IV, tit. X, ley iv.
4For the duties assigned this officer at New Orleans see the Ordinances
and Instructions of Don Alexander O'Reilly, Section 8.
5The duties of this officer were practically the same as those assigned
the 5th regidor in the preceding list.
'See Expediente Mandado formal, etc., Nacogdoches Archives.
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